PZB endorses use permits, variance

Members of the City of Monticello Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend all items on the agenda during Monday’s regular meeting, including two conditional use requests and one variance request.

Special events Sunday at Bryant Cottage

When newly elected Illinois State Representative Abraham Lincoln first saw 5-foot, 4-inch Stephen Douglas, he sized him up as “the least man I ever saw.”  With the introduction of Douglas’ first bill in 1834, Lincoln soon thought differently.  The General Assembly not only passed the bill, it appointed the 21-year-old Douglas States Attorney of Illin

Library users like technology, but still checking out books

Area residents continue to use the Allerton Public Library in a traditional way to check out books and magazines, but patrons are also taking advantage of program offerings as well as the free Wi-Fi available within its walls.

Boat making business launches in Monticello

You might be surprised to learn there is a boat making shop in Piatt County, but for owner Pete Bergstrom, it’s much more than that. What started as a youth mentoring project at Crossroads Church has grown into a full-time occupation for the former model airplane maker.

Chance encounter leads to visit from U of I players

A chance encounter at a doctor’s office led to 11 University of Illinois football players visiting the Piatt County Nursing Home last week where they answered questions and played a little bingo before heading back to campus.

Rain delays drainage project in Cerro Gordo

A wet summer has delayed a $240,000 drainage project in Cerro Gordo, but it should still be complete by early October. Meuser Construction Co.

Bement increases donation to A Small Hand

The Bement village board voted to double its donation to A Small Hand’s Backpack and School Supply Assistance Program at its monthly meeting July 14.

Gale released on bond

The mother of a Champaign police officer accused of sex crimes against three women in two counties paid $65,000 in cash required for her son’s release on July 16 in Piatt County where Jerad Gale, 31, of Champaign was being held in custody.

Atwood now looking to Sav-Mor for telepharmacy

A development official in Atwood hopes the community will be home to a Sav-Mor Pharmacy in about six months. The fact that Sav-Mor does not require local funding has prompted Atwood officials to switch from an effort to attract TelePharm to one that could bring in a Sav-Mor.

Fatal accident Sunday on I-74

Illinois State Police say a 56-year-old Kentucky man died as a result of an accident Sunday evening on Interstate 74 about two miles west of the Mansfield exit.

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